Committee

2017 Management Committee Members:

Rick Anastas – President
Jen Armstrong – Vice President
Justine Williams – Secretary and Public Officer
Kate Foster – Treasurer
Peter Dau – Operations Director

Non Office bearing Committee Members:

Richard Short
Tim Robinson
Nicole Giezekamp
Laura Applebee-Jones
Virge Nielsen

Committee News

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OOSHCA AWARDS 2017

Diccon Vokins, previous President 2014-2017, received the industry award in the Volunteers Category at the Bi-annual Conference to recognise his outstanding contribution for GPAC’s building project.

Committee member profiles

PRESIDENT

My name is: Rick Anastas
I am: 47 years old
I grew up in: Mascot in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney
I now live in: Grays Point and regard this as home

A little info about myself…

I currently work for the Toyota Motor Corporation which is located at Woolooware Bay. My current role is Regional Operations Manager for Lexus in NSW and the ACT. My second professional career is a complete contrast from my previous role as a Secondary School Teacher.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was:

Having grown up in a time without today’s available technology the ideal day consisted of all things outdoors – the beach, golf, cricket, rugby league and riding my bike.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…

I understand the importance of the role that people and facilities provide in nurturing our children beyond the classroom.
With one child currently enrolled at GPAC and another to join in the not too distant future I felt it was my time to make a contribution to a wonderful community resource.

VICE PRESIDENT

My name is: Jen Armstrong



A little info about myself…
As the 2016 NSW Woman of the Year, The Beauty Bank founder and Director, WSU business/leadership student, Executive-Officer of the MARCS Institute, Mum and foster-carer to 3 young children I can make things happen with little resources! A survivor of domestic-violence - leaving 5years ago with only my children, I have managed to build a charity that collects, distributes over $450,000 of toiletry-gift-packs annually to those in need. Powered by determination, passion and a strong sense of business. As a leadership speaker I educate about DV, the power of resilience and how anyone can change the world through challenging their own boundaries and thinking outside the box.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…
I am happy to volunteer on the Management Committee as GPAC provides an invaluable service to the local community. The high calibre of centre staff, generous facilities and wide and varied activities and programs for the children make it a pleasure to contribute to the upkeep and future development of the service.

SECRETARY

My name is: Justine Williams
I am: 46 years old
I grew up in: Paddington, Eastern Suburbs
I now live in: Grays Point (my husband is from Bundeena so there was no way he was settling down anywhere else but the Shire)

A little info about myself…
I used to do shipping law so would buy and sell vessels, flags and insurance. Consequently, I have lived in most countries that have a port.
I have one child – an amazing 8 year old who exceeds all my expectations on a daily basis …. and who attends GPAC.
The last Committee that I volunteered on (not including P & C) was the Anchorage Bear Committee (no joke !!!). We developed and implemented strategies for bear conservation and the management of issues of living with bears in our community.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was:
To go to Centennial Parklands with the neighbourhood kids (and in particular to where the horses were agisted). We would help muck out the stalls, feed and walk the horses and if we were really good, we were able to take the horses out for a ride in Centennial Park. It was a great thing for an inner city kid to experience.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…
When Nicole asked me if I would like to be on the Committee there was no hesitation on my part. I believe that you can only truly attribute by being involved.
My son attends the GPAC and I am happy to assist in any way to ensure that we get the best resources for not only my child but for all children that utilise this resource.

TREASURER

My name is: Kate Foster
I am: 42 years old
I grew up in: Grays Point
I now live in: Grays Point

My experience with children...
We have 2 children - Grace and Bronte - who both attend the Grays Point Activity Centre.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was:
Practice shooting goals for netball in the backyard, playing hide and seek with the neighbours or riding bikes up and down the driveway.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…
I have worked in the Corporate world for 20 years, so when an opportunity was raised with me to help out with the Management Committee, I couldn’t say no. With 2 children that will be using the Facility for the next 7 or so years, it is in my family’s best interests to help out where I can to ensure that the Facility continues to thrive (it is owned by the Community after all).
The fact that we have such an amazing facility is down to Nicole and her amazing Team. Grace looks forward to attending the Centre which to me is an indication that it is a happy and fun place to be, I can’t ask for more than that, oh and Tracy’s arts and crafts means I get to avoid doing it at home (thanks Tracy)!

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

My name is: Peter Dau
I am: 49 years young
I grew up in: Seven Hills (In Vienna Street as my father wanted to keep his identity and live in a European named street as he was German).
I now live in: Grays Point

My experience with children...
I have three children, Emily and Christopher who both attend Grays Point Public School and Grays Point Activity Centre, and Kayla who previously attended Grays Point Public School and is now attending High School. Some of my experience also extends to being an English teacher in Japan for two years teaching children from 5yrs to 15yrs old in Utsunomiya, in the Tochigi Prefecture, which was a great adventure. Need to head back again sometime.

My favourite thing to do when I was a child was:
Playing table tennis with my father (just about every day), playing soccer with the neighbours and my local soccer team (Dutch soccer team), taking care of our animals that included guinea pigs, chickens, dogs and birds, and riding my bike up and down the street – there wasn’t too much traffic those days, and annoying my sister, as you do when you’re a boy, or maybe it was just me.

Why I decided to volunteer on the Management Committee…
I think it’s a great to get involved with a service that adds so much value to the community and to work with such a positive dedicated team of people, it’s a fun project to be involved with.
Also, the fact that my kids often request to stay longer is testament that the environment is safe, creative and fun – it’s due to the dedication of the staff who are passionate about creating that environment.